Nikki & Rich

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Nikki & Rich
Origin Corona, California
Queens, New York, United States
Genres Urban, R&B, club/dance
Years active 2008-2015
Labels Reprise Records (2008-2011)
Born Rich Inc (2011-2015)
Members Nikki Leonti
Rich Velonskis

Nikki & Rich was an R&B group, made up of Nikki Leonti & Rich Velonskis.


Leonti is a California-born pastor's daughter who grew up singing in church.

Velonskis is a Queens, NY-born former DJ and established hip-hop/R&B producer who got his start spinning in New York City clubs as a teenager. They met in 2007. Nikki was based in Nashville working as a background singer for Carrie Underwood and Rich was in Los Angeles producing tracks for Eve, Robin Thicke, Mario, and Ludacris, under his moniker Rich Skillz. A track he produced on Ludacris' No. 1 album Release Therapy earned Rich a "Best Rap Album" Grammy.[citation needed]

Rich was looking for a vocalist and lyricist to collaborate with and he found Nikki. The two began working together in December 2008, writing and recording up in Rich's Hollywood Hills home studio. Nikki & Rich signed with Reprise Records in 2009 and set work on a debut album titled Everything.[1] Following their departure from the label, the duo released an EP titled Finally Free on their official site for their fans on March 8, 2011. Additionally, they contributed a cover of the 1980s hit "Mr. Big Stuff" for the feature film Hop.[2] They continued to tour throughout the year, with the release of their debut album (now titled Greatest Hits...) on digital services on September 27, 2011.[3]

In 2015, Nikki & Rich announced their disbanding.[4]



Year Title Chart peak positions Sales and certifications
U.S. U.S R&B
2011 Greatest Hits
  • Released: September 27, 2011
  • Label: Born Rich Inc
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  • Next Best Thing (2010)
  • Finally Free (2011)[5]


  • "Cat & Mouse" (2009)
  • "Dreaming" (from Just Wright soundtrack) (2010)
  • "City Lights" (featuring Fabolous) (2011)
  • "Rainbow" (2011)
  • "Danger" (featuring Hayes) (2011)
  • "Same Kind of Man" (2011)


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "HOP - Movie Production Notes". Retrieved 31 December 2017. 
  3. ^ "PowWeb". Retrieved 31 December 2017. 
  4. ^ "Nikki & Rich". Retrieved 31 December 2017. 
  5. ^ "PowWeb". Retrieved 31 December 2017. 

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